Monday, July 9, 2018

Denver News - July

July News from Historic Denver

Accessory What? ADU's re:Denver July 2018

Our July 17th re:Denver will discuss one solution to density without demolition, Accessory Dwelling Units. We’ll explore this concept by touring several ADUs in Curtis Park, a neighborhood that historically had ADUs in the form of Carriage Houses, and more recently chose to opt in to ADUs during the zoning changes in 2010. If you’re curious to learn more about ADUs, and see what types of living spaces they create, this is an amazing opportunity to see interior spaces and talk with homeowners, historians, and current contractors for ADUs.

The forum will take place on Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00pm. We will begin at Centro San Juan Diego, located at 2830 Lawrence Street, and walk to the ADUs after a brief introduction.

This event is free and open to the public, please plan on joining us!

Larimer Square Named on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places -
Sign the Petition

Larimer Square was recently included on the 11 Most Endangered Places list, National Trust for Historic Preservation President and CEO Stephanie K. Meeks said, "As the Trust's ReUrbanism work proves, growing cities are well served by protecting the places that make them unique and distinctive, not diminishing them. LoDo has emerged as a center of cultural and commercial activity in Denver largely because of Larimer Square's historic charm, not in spite of it. We urge stakeholders to work together to find strategies that assert the district's ongoing relevance to modern Denver without sacrificing its authenticity and integrity."
Sign-on to support Larimer Square and all 11 Endangered Places!


Specialty Walking Tours 

Our specialty tours offer opportunities to explore unique neighborhoods throughout Denver. We have some great tours coming up this summer including:

July 20th at 10 AM Denver’s Main Street with an interior tour of the Paramount Theatre
July 28th at 10 AM Five Points, Welton Corridor

August 18th at 10 AM Curtis Park

Members get free and discounted tickets depending on their member level! Become a member today!

Historic Denver Walking Tours are here for Summer!

Interested in learning more about the history of Denver through an engaging walking tour? Have out of town guests visiting and looking for ways to show off our beautiful city? 

Our 2018 season is in full swing and you can join us for tours of Lower Downtown, Capitol Hill, Larimer Square and Denver’s Main Street until late October. We are even featuring limited special tours of Five Points and Quality Hill.

The Capitol Hill Tour highlights our Molly Brown House Museum (and a chance to check out the new paint color!). Combo tickets for the House Museum and a Capitol Hill Walking Tour are available!

Congratulations to our Winners!

Assignment 2018 Photo Contest Winners Announced mid-June 2018
In honor of National Historic Preservation Month, Historic Denver launched a photo contest in May entitled “What Makes Denver, Denver.” Historic Denver has been an advocate for the places that make Denver unique for 48 years. To honor the places that are already recognized, as well as the hidden gems, the contest asked photographers to highlight a favorite historic place, landmarked or not. Amateur and professional photographers submitted photo entries to Historic Denver and a jury selected winners.

The Grand Prize winner is Armando Geneyro for his photograph entitled "Under I-70 in Swansea featuring members of the Compass Colorado Car Club." The jury selected this photo for all that it says about the people and culture of Denver as well as our changing city. This gorgeous image speaks volumes on the people of our city, the changing landscape, and the bridges of I-70 in the historic neighborhood of Swansea. Armando won a $100 gift card to Mike’s Camera, a Group Walking Tour, and a free membership to Historic Denver!

The Fan Favorite winner is Patrick Surrena’s image of Union Station, entitled “Old and New Denver.” It's a wonderful image and Surrena waited for the sky to be just right, as well as for the train to be in the image. He won a Group Walking Tour with a Happy Hour and a membership to Historic Denver.

Honorable Mentions will all receive a membership to Historic Denver. They include:
Charlotte Couchman – “Union Station”
Michael Dersin – “Colorado National Bank”
Jennifer Kiser – “Wings Over the Rockies”
Tina Pino – “Union Station”
Brandon Ricci – “Denver Art Museum and Beyond”
James Rogers – “Denver Gas and Electric Building”
Jim Stennette – “Holy Ghost Church with 1999 Broadway”

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos of places and spaces that make Denver, Denver.


Happy Birthday Mrs. Brown Garden Party

July 19, 6-8 pm Molly Brown House Museum
$18 Members | $20 Non Members

Help us celebrate Margaret’s 151st birthday at an intimate Edwardian era garden party. Share in the festivities with live music from Central City Opera, traditional lawn games, birthday cake and punch, both spiked and safe. Margaret Brown and her friends will be so glad that you’ve decided to join them!
Suggested for ages 12 and up. 21+ must present ID.

Thirsty Thursdays: A Meiji Era Matsuri

August 16, 6 – 8 pm | Molly Brown House Museum
Travel to Meiji Period Japan with Margaret and JJ Brown, a favorite place after their 1903 around-the-world tour. We will explore the traditions behind the Matsuri, or festivals, celebrated in Japan, as well as the rapidly changing culture during the Meiji Era. Sample savory and sweet Japanese festival food and drink during an evening under the cherry blossoms at the Molly Brown House Museum. Suggested for ages 21-45. All 21+ are welcome and must present ID.

After Hours / After Life: The Origins of Halloween

August 24, 7 – 9 pm | Molly Brown House Museum
$16 Members | $20 Non Members
Have you ever wondered how Trick-or-Treating first began? Did you know that Jack 'o' Lanterns were originally carved from turnips? We'll travel back to ancient Ireland to find the roots of Halloween in the Celtic festival of Samhain also called Summer's End. Dive into the macabre and chilling Victorian life after hours in Mrs. Brown's home. Suggested for ages 16 and up, per parental discretion. 21+ must present ID to enjoy spirits with the spirits!

Free Family Program Series

Please join us for a Free Community Program on Tuesday July 24th from 11:00am-12:00pm at the home of Margaret “Molly” Brown! This free program is ideal for kiddos ages 5+.
This hands-on program will allow kiddos to learn about different types of mining while also being able to handle artifacts!

Early registration is suggested by sending an RSVP to
Please know, we will cap the program at ~30 participants.